Take a few moments and stroll around this site looking for your own five minutes of sweet inspiration.
I hope to see you there. The word this week is:
Each time I look at that very simple word, still, my mind and my heart travel into the Old Testament to a wonderful place in Psalms 46:10
"Be still and know that I am God......"
I find it so interesting that the Lord did not counsel us to be busy; to hurry about our day to day activities. To miss the small moments of laughter or growth. Instead, He counseled us to "Be Still".
I often think that I need that sweet stillness in my life. That time of breathing and pausing and thinking and being quiet. That time when I can look around me and really see all the miracles in the day to day.
I have found that I miss so much by being busy. Time flies and I miss the pitter patter of small feet running down the hall to snuggle under the covers. I miss the feel of a tiny hand clasped tightly into mine. I miss the way each one of my children would run their fingers through my hair and take comfort in the closeness.
When I am still, I can feel the knowledge of the things I need to do today. I can hear the whispers of the spirit reminding me who I am and what I need to do. When I am still, I fell the strength of testimony swell within my heart. I ponder the words in the holy scriptures, with all their meanings.
When I am still, I take time to really trust my Heavenly Father. I take a moment to let Him bear my burdens and my grief. When I and still I can remember and focus on the joy that is to come. When I am still, the darkness parts beneath my gaze and my eyes more easily focus on the path I need to follow.
When I am still, I remember that I am a child of God.
But I just couldn't end this without the words to one of my favorite hymns. I hope you love it as much as I do.
BE STILL MY SOUL
- Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In ev'ry change he faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
- Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
To guide the future as he has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
- Be still, my soul: The hour is hast'ning on
When we shall be forever with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
Text: Katharina von Schlegel, b. 1697;
trans. by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897